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About Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar is the capital and the largest city of Mongolia. It means "Red Hero" in Turkish. The population of the city is over one million as of 2008. The official symbol of Ulaanbaatar is a mythological bird, the Garuda, in Hindu and Buddhist religions. The key in Garuda's right hand symbolizes prestige, while the lotus flower in its left hand symbolizes peace, purity, and equality.

Even summers are just warm in Ulaanbaatar, which is the coldest capital in the world. The temperature rises to 18 degrees Celcius during the summer months, while it decreases up to -28 degrees in winter. There are direct flights from Istanbul to Ulaanbaatar. The tourists visiting this area usually prefer the June-August period. Mountainous geography and the impact of harsh climate show itself in eating and drinking habits as well. Ulaanbaatar cuisine is mostly meat-based. It is especially famous for its barbecues. The Airag is the most famous beverage of the region. The homemade vodka made from yogurt and milk is of great interest, especially in rural areas. This drink, which is used by many locals for medication purposes, may cause blindness if it is overdosed. Ulaanbaatar is very rich in museums and historical sites in its unique geography.

It is possible to come across many historical buildings remaining from the period of Communism in the city. These historical buildings have been kept well to stand even today. Among the important sights to be seen are the National History Museum, Gandan Monastery, Bogd Kahn Museum, Zaisan Monument and Hustai Park. State Department Store, which is located in the city center, is known as one of the major malls in the country. Naadamda, the most important festival of the country, takes place in July every year and it offers very enjoyable moments for the visitors.

Weather in Ulaanbaatar

DayMin - Max
FridayMin 12ºC - Max 27ºC
SaturdayMin 13ºC - Max 26ºC
SundayMin 16ºC - Max 21ºC
MondayMin 15ºC - Max 22ºC
TuesdayMin 12ºC - Max 24ºC

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